Now that we are well and truly back into the school year and daily grind, it’s easy for parental guilt to sink in. We’re so busy with work, life and endless to-do lists, we’re exhausted, and playing with our kids is not always our top priority. And it shouldn’t always be, either – that’s life. But, as the single mother of an only child, I can’t help but get the guilts when my daughter asks me to play outside and I don’t have the time (or simply don’t want to). That’s when I remind myself it’s the simple things that … Read More
With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d get the inside scoop on what makes a cubby house the best present ever. And who better to ask than a six-year-old? In this piece of serious investigative reporting, I talk to six-year-old Cailin about her cubby house and why she thinks all kids should have one. Hi Cailin. How are you today? “Good.” Excellent. I’m well, too, thanks for asking. So, what do you like about your cubby house? “It’s colourful. And it looks nice. And there are these little shelves in it for plants. And there’s a little walkway … Read More
Play – it’s not just for littlies! When we think of play, we tend to think of younger children: usually eight or under, playing games of hide and seek and tag, having fun with dolls and cars, going on imaginary adventures, pretending to be pirates or unicorns. It’s true that younger children love these kinds of games. However, play is important for older children, too! In fact, play is important for children – and adults – of all ages. Play is widely recognised as being vital to children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Schools understand this need, especially in … Read More
When you think back to your childhood, what stands out? Some of my best kid-life memories are of playing outdoors. Climbing the big tree in our front yard and keeping watch over the street. Riding my bike and teaching my younger brother to ride his. Finding lizards, snails and caterpillars in the garden, and making them a new habitat in an empty ice-cream box (although I’m sure they were pretty happy in their existing habitat!). And spending hour after blissful hour jumping and somersaulting on my big trampoline. Yes, I sustained injuries during my outdoor adventures – plenty! And sure, … Read More
This post was written by Rebel from Rebel Without A Pause. It has been republished here with her permission. I’m not sure if it is normal to be this excited about a delivery BUT the cubby house we ordered for the kids for Christmas is on it’s way, and I am beside myself. I know, I know, it’s ‘meant’ to be for the kids, but before they get to it this here mamma gets to play – colour swatches ahoy! Sorry neighbours, this thing is gonna be bright. Think ‘Unicorn vomits a packet of Skittles onto a rainbow’ and you’ll be getting close to the … Read More
Now that we are well and truly back into the school year and daily grind, it’s easy for parental guilt to sink in.We’re so busy with work, life and endless to-do lists, we’re exhausted, and playing with our kids is not always our top priority. And it shouldn’t always be,
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